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Wednesday, 31 August 2016

COMEDY | Chris Ramsey's Comedy Hotspots with Swiftcover

Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to a special comedy event, presented by Chris Ramsey and in collaboration with Swiftcover.

The idea and campaign behind the #Swiftgigs - that took place at different comedy hotspots around the UK - was to get people enjoying comedy and exploring the UK's comedy hotspots. It was revealed that over half the nation (54%) have not been to see a live stand up show in the past year, and 68% could not name a favourite UK comedy club when asked.

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I was certainly part of this percentage. I've always liked comedy, but have never been a massive fan because I feel I don't know anywhere decent to watch live comedy, nor am I clued up on comedians in general!

I also have a very specific/oddball sense of humour - I'm a huge fan of The Mighty Boosh which, although has a cult following, is kind of like marmite - you either love it or hate it. So with my strange sense of humour, the only comedians I've really liked a lot have been those like Noel Fielding (obviously), Russell Brand, Russel Howard and, of course, Chris Ramsey.

I love Chris Ramsey in particular because he's from South Shields which is my happy place!

So of course by the time Wednesday rolled around, I was very much looking forward to it. I met up with my two friends, Briony and Becky, in London and together we headed to the Hippodrome Casino.

I'd never been to the Hippodrome Casino before but was blown away when I stepped inside - it's so glam, with floors made out of coins and luxurious lighting.

Upon arrival, we were sent upstairs for a brief pre-party, where we could mingle with other guests, gorge on free sweets, take selfies with a Chris Ramsey cardboard cutout, and sip free cocktails - including the specially made delicious Swiftini.

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This part was nice because it gave us 45 minutes or so to mingle and chat with other guests, as well as get in the mood. I'd spent the afternoon rushing into and around London as my first two trains were delayed, so it was nice to sit down and kick back with a drink, chat to new people and catch up with my friends after my stressful journey.

Soon we were ushered into the small theatre which I loved. It was so intimate, with tables and chairs clustered around a stage. With there only being 180 seats, it was actually really nice. We were sat right at the front and I know with comedy it's not the same as a play for example, where being at the front helps to see the action, but it was actually really nice.

Steve Hall acted as the MC for the night, introducing each comedian on stage and he was really funny. Although his 'peformances' were shorter, he made us laugh and I loved the props/photos he used.

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We weren't actually supposed to take photos of the acts but I took this photo of Steve Hall before I realized this!

The first act was Ahir Shar, who was funny but not necessarily my type of humour. I found him funny and very talented, and I liked how his comedy actually touched on more real subjects but in a humorous way.

Chris Ramsey himself was absolutely hilarious and had me in stitches the whole time. I just adore him. He's so funny (and good looking too, if I do say so myself), and I was quite intrigued at how drawing from his own life - where he is now married with a baby - actually made me laugh so much. I mean, it's not something I can relate to personally, but somehow he still managed to make me laugh my ass off, which I suppose is a sign of a really good comedian!

By the time the night ended, we had all drunk the free bar dry (oops), and me and my friends left the venue on a high. I really wish we'd had the time to stay and play in the casino as I was so impressed with the venue. It was really glam and just seemed like such a fun night out, going to see a show and then betting some money.

I'd definitely love to return for a night out there, and, in all honesty, it has got me more interested in theatre again. I watch stand up on TV from time to time, but I think I'll now be keeping an eye out for any acts at the Hippodrome because I'd love another night out there soon.

Thanks so much for the invite and the fab night Swiftcover!

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8 comments:

  1. I do like comedy, but there aren't many comedians that I like. I do like Jimmy Carr though.

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    1. Jimmy Carr is quite funny, I love the big fat quiz of the year show. It was so funny when Noel Fielding and Russell Brand were on it x

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  2. It looks like such a fun night. It has been a long time since I last saw a comedian.

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  3. I was there too and so was Laura, we had a fab time glad you enjoyed the night as well!

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    1. Oooh I didn't see you! It was a fun night wasn't it :) x

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  4. I haven't been to a comedy show in ages. I always enjoyed them when I went.

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    1. Oh yes! You shouldn't definitely go again x

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